Location: 481km south-east of Perth
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We bought this property in 2006 in conjunction with Greening Australia. Two-thirds of it was cleared land – not much of a conservation reserve, some might say. But what they'd be missing is the vital role Yarrabee will play in a much bigger picture.
Together with Greening Australia we replanted native bushland at Yarrabee, which is considered a key property in reconnecting remaining bushland between the Stirling Range and the Fitzgerald River national parks.
The new bushland plantings are now starting to come into their own, and are providing habitat for species such as Carnaby's Cockatoo, Black-gloved Wallabies and Honey Possums.
Yarrabee also protects a range of plants belonging to the Proteaceae family, an ancient lineage of spectacular flowering shrubs that include Banksias, Grevilleas and Hakeas.
The prolific flowering of Proteaceae-rich heaths draws a host of bird and other species throughout the year, particularly during summer and autumn, when other food sources are scarce.
What this reserve protects
Yarrabee protects Proteaceae-rich Heath on deep white sand – one of the few intact patches remaining in the area. It also protects:
Animals: Honey Possum, Black-gloved Wallaby, Black-backed Snake, Western Whipbird, Carnaby's Cockatoo
Plants: Flat-topped Yate, Boronia, Trigger Plants, Christmas Tree, Baxter's Banksia
Vegetation communities: Proteaceous rich heath, Banksia woodland, Jarrah/marri woodland.
In 2018 it was agreed that in the interests of efficient management, we would transfer ownership of this reserve to Greening Australia in full, rather than continue to share it. This transfer took place in late 2019. The reserve is in good hands and will continue to be protected forever.